GenreBiography, Drama, Music ScreenplayPer Fly, Peter Birro CountrySweden
Release date10 August 2013 (2013-08-10) (Way Out West)
13 September 2013 (2013-09-13) (Sweden) WriterPeter Birro, Peter Birro (adaptation), Per Fly (adaptation) Initial releaseSeptember 13, 2013 (Sweden) CastEdda Magnason (Monica Zetterlund), Sverrir Gudnason (Sture Åkerberg), Kjell Bergqvist (Monica's Father), Vera Vitali (Marika), Cecilia Ljung (Monica's mother), Johannes Wanselow (Beppe Wolgers) Similar moviesDallas Buyers Club, The Wolf of Wall Street, The 33, Amy, Goodfellas, Steve Jobs
Waltz for Monica (Swedish: Monica Z) is a Swedish biographical film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 13 September 2013, directed by Per Fly. It is based on the true life and career of singer and actress Monica Zetterlund (Edda Magnason).
Monica makes it from a telephone operator to a national celebrity. But fame and party life take their toll.
Edda Magnason as Monica Zetterlund
Sverrir Gudnason as Sture Åkerberg
Kjell Bergqvist as Monica's father
Cecilia Ljung as Monica's mother
Vera Vitali as Marika
Johannes Wanselow as Beppe Wolgers
Oskar Thunberg as Vilgot Sjöman
Randal D. Ingram as Bill Evans
Rob Morgan as Miles Davis
Amelia Fowler as Ella Fitzgerald
Clinton Ingram as Tommy Flanagan
Harry Friedländer as Hasse Alfredson
Andréa Ager-Hanssen as Lena Nyman
Waltz for Monica received generally positive reviews. In Sweden, Kulturnyheterna at SVT gave it a 4 out of 5 and especially praised Magnason's performance. Svenska Dagbladet also praised Magnason's performance, giving the film a 4 out of 6. Moviezine also liked the film, giving it 4 out of 5. Many newspapers rewarded the film with a 4 out of 5, among them Aftonbladet, Expressen, Göteborgsposten, and Metro. However, the film was criticized by documentary filmmaker Tom Alandh, who wrote an article in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter where he objected to the films negative portrayal of Zetterlund's father.
Waltz for Monica has received 11 Guldbagge Award nominations.
A soundtrack album was released on the film by Universal Music charting in various Scandinavian charts, notably Sweden, Finland and Denmark.